An active life–member of the Vancouver Rowing club for 62 years from 1906-68, George Nelles Stacey was an accomplished athlete, a prolific administrator and fundraiser, and an ever–present inspiration behind the Vancouver rowers particularly during the golden 1950s decade.
Stacey rowed in the number two position with the famous VRC fours crew that won the North Pacific Assocation of Amateur Oarsmen title in Seattle with a record time of seven minutes 49.5 seconds over a 1.5 mile course in 1909.
Stacey served in many administrative capacities at the Vancouver Rowing Club during tenure following his career as an active rower from 1910-68, including president, director, honourary vice-president, honourary president, and honourary secretary. He was the chief fundraiser and contributor throughout the prime UBC-VRC years of the early 1950s to 1960s when the UBC-VRC crews were amongst the very best in the world.
Stacey served as chairman of the British Empire and Commonwealthg Games rowing committee from 1950-54. He accompanied Frank Read to the Henley regatta in Britain as manager of the silver medal-winning 1955 UBC-VRC eights crew. Stacey later served as the CAAO’s Pan American Games representative from 1957-59.